Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate and the author of "The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future" (2012). His new book is, "Wrecking America: How Trump’s Lies and Lawbreaking Betray All(2020, co-authored with Mark Green).

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Let the People Make the Laws
Like a fresh wind coming down from Alaska — the state he represented as a U.S. Senator from 1969 — 1981, Mike Gravel is determined to start a debate about the fundamentals of democracy in his quest for the Democratic Party's nomination for President. People who heard his address before the Democratic National Committee a few weeks ago and his brief statements during the first debate between the Democratic aspirants last month may be getting the idea that this is no ordinary dark horse politician.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2007
BYU Students Speak Out
Could anyone have imagined that the major commencement protest at a University graduation thus far occurred April 26 at Brigham Young University (BYU)? Probably not.But then could anyone have imagined that the Vice President with the lowest approval rating in modern American history would request and receive an invitation to be the commencement speaker? And no one could have imagined the organized moral courage of seniors like Ashley Sanders, Eric Bybee, Steven Greenstreet, Carl Brinton and graduate student Joe Vogel.
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Monday, April 16, 2007
Outrageous Words, Outrageous Deeds
Now that the Don Imus flameout has once again demonstrated that vile words energize many activist groups and many media more than do devastating deeds, it is useful to revisit this strange dimension of public furor. The latest three word outburst in Mr. Imus' practice of sexist and racist remarks may be compared with the continuing sexist and racist behaviors that civic opponents would argue should at the very least receive equal time from those who become indignant over cruel, bigoted language.
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Saturday, April 07, 2007
Get Your Telephone Excise Tax Refund: It's Your Money
The IRS has a $10 billion tax credit for 140 million Americans. But the deadline is April 17th - unless you file for an automatic extension.On May 25, 2006 the U.S. Treasury Department decided to stop fighting successful litigation over a federal excise tax on long-distance service first imposed on wealthy people owning telephones to help pay for the Spanish-American war in 1898. Then the IRS announced a refund of these taxes paid over the past three years.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Community Garden Decontamination
Years ago, when leaded gasoline was what gas stations sold to motorists, I would be driving through the fertile valleys in California and see the crops growing right up to shoulders of the narrow blacktop roads that coursed the expansive fields. "Doesn't this lead coming out of many vehicular tailpipes get into the soil and contaminate the food that is harvested there?" I wondered.
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Saturday, March 10, 2007
Bush Twins to Iraq
On many occasions, President George W. Bush has lectured the American people that "amidst all this violence and bloodshed" in Iraq, "is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it, and it is vital to the security of our country.
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Monday, February 26, 2007
Asymmetrical Warfare in Iraq
The invasion-occupation of Iraq has been described as a classic case of asymmetrical warfare. Unable to begin to match the modern land, aerial and sea weaponry of the United States, the insurgents are fighting back with roadside IEDs, rifles and grenades to sow chaos, death and destruction. Many of these attacks have been in civilian marketplaces. The casualties show the inability, or unwillingness, of the U.S. to keep the peace and protect civilians, as required, by the way, under international law.
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Monday, February 05, 2007
For Molly Ivins
If writers, who lasso injustice and give light to justice, lift up our standards of fair play, then on January 31st, the nation suffered a genuine decline. For Molly Ivins lost her seven year battle with cancer and joined what her friend Bill Moyers called "that great Purgatory of Journalists in the Sky." Author and columnist syndicated in 400 newspapers, Austin, Texas-based Molly Ivins skewered pompous politicians, raked over corporate criminals and spotlighted the struggles of regular folks against the repressions and maraudings of the Big Boys and their Big Power.
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Saturday, January 27, 2007
Democratic Elbow Room
Among the tens of thousands of Americans protesting in the nation's capital against George W. Bush's war-quagmire in Iraq this weekend, more than a few will probably wonder why there are not more folks with them or, at least, more marching in other villages, towns and city squares around the country. After all, nearly 70% of the American people believe the war was a bad mistake and want out.
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Saturday, January 20, 2007
Open Letter to the President
Dear President Bush: I have read your address to the nation on "The New Way Forward in Iraq" and wish to share some observations. You say "where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me." You then quickly change the subject. Whoa now, what does it mean when you say the responsibility for mistakes rest with you?
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